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Thread: Can't make myself finish a quilt I didn't want to make. Help

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    Junior Member sbeddingfield's Avatar
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    My daughter's best friend had a baby. My daughter wanted me to make her a quilt and I said I would. Then my daughter says she wants me to make a puff - or biscuit - quilt. I wanted to make her a quilt that really looks like a quilt. I am about 1/2 finished and just can't make myself move on. But it is now the first day of summer for me - I teach - and I have other projects that I want to do but know I will feel guilty if I don't get this one finished.
    I need HELP.
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    Scherrie

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    If your daughter wants to make and give a biscuit quilt, let her. This sounds like 'YOUR' gift. You get to do what you want. Don't let her mess with your 'artistic harmony'.

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    I agree, this quilt wouldn't be a gift from your daughter, it would be from you. Tell your daughter you just can't do it, that you hate making this quilt. Offer to show her how to make it herself. If she balks, tell her to go out and buy one, or look on ebay, but life is too short.

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    I would ask your daughter to come and help you to make it. There aren't all that many opportunities to get together like this one. Sewing and talking are really fun days. Sew take a break and eat lunch, sew and stuff some more.

    If that isn't possible, allow yourself a half an hour on it at a time. ( I do this with straightening the garage all the time) At least you will be working on it and not feel guilty about sewing something else. I do BOM block quilts and it really is a nice option to making it all at once, start to finish.

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    I like the idea of having DD help finish it. Maybe after a few lessons you can turn it over to her to finish.

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    Anytime my siblings and I have asked my mom to do something for me we have let her have her artistic reign OR we have been made to help. That was always the difference in projects :-) If she designed it and she made it then it ended up being from her but if it was something WE came up with the design then she would help us with it.

    Good luck :-)

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    Make what you want to make.
    Turn the biscuit stuff over to your daughter to finish it and give it herself.

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    I promised to make a quilt for someone and once started I hated it. I had to make myself sit down and get it finished because I couldn't work on any other quilt with that hanging over my head. I know how you feel. I swore I'd never promise to make a quilt not of my choosing again.

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    I absolutely agree with Shelley and Gaigai You finally have some time for yourself from teaching. It's your time to have fun :)

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    Happy summer! Mine starts on the 22nd. (I teach, too).
    Hope you find a way to assert yourself gently.

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    Who's the gift from? You or your daughter? I say if it's from you, then you make what you want. If it's from your daughter then the puff quilt is in order, but---explain to your daughter how tedious it is and that she needs to help since the gift is from her! You never know, her best friend may have admired a puff quilt and wanted one for her baby.

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    Because my son in law is stationed in Nebraska (but he left for the desert yesterday), I am not close to my daughter. But I am going out there next week for about a week and a half. So - I am going to combine your suggestions. I am going to pack it up, work on what I want to work on, take it with me to Nebraska, get her to help me stuff and sew what we can while I am there, then finish it before I go up there again in Aug. before my school starts. Thanks - I have some projects I can't wait to get started with.
    Blessings,
    Scherrie

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    Sounds like a winner!

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    Sherrie, that sounds like a good plan. It will let your daughter have some first hand experience in what it takes to make this adorable baby quilt. Quilts are beautiful, but they don't just fall out of the sky! I got my daughter involved in quilting for much the same reason. Her first quilt was a king-sized one for her bed!!! She's having it quilted now. And she's already started a paper-pieced wall hanging for her bedroom. The quilt bug bites hard!!! Good luck with your project and have a wonderful summer. Teachers deserve a rest!

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    You guys are all the greatest!!
    Thanks so much,
    Scherrie

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    One time a very poor man approached me and asked if I could fix his quilt that his mother had left him. I agreed, but should have looked at it first. It was in HORRIBLE condition. I hated doing it, but felt obligated. When I returned it to him, he could only give me $20, but offered me an opal ring that was his mother's. I took the ring because opal is my birthstone, but gave him back his $20. Years later, I had the ring appraised, and it was worth over $500!! (and probably double that now)

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    have fun with the quilt

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